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Tallinn airport and hub expect 16,000 turnaround tourists

The port and airport of Tallinn expect to host 16,000 tourists who switch from planes to cruise ships, or vice versa, the Estonian news portal BBN said in a statement.

In turnaround tourism, Tallinn has a huge competition advantage in the proximity of the airport and the port to the city's biggest attraction – the medieval Old Town, as well as competitive prices, Port of Tallinn and airport operator Tallinna Lennujaamsaid.

For the second consecutive summer, customers of the Spanish cruise operator Pullmantur will start and end their trips in Tallinn.

The turnaround services provide work to dozens of companies in the transport and tourism sector besides to boosting the turnover of Tallinn's museums, hospitality establishments and stores.

Tallinn is the turnaround point for cruise passengers for the third year. Pullmantur which earlier started and ended its Baltic Sea cruises in Helsinki is here for the second season after last year’s success.

Cruise passengers are this year served by four carriers – Iberia, Vueling, Pullmantur Air and Iberiaexpress, of which Vueling will land for the first time in Tallinn on Saturday.

 As reported, in the first quarter of 2013, over half a million foreign and domestic tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, which was 5% more than in the same period of the previous year. The number of both foreign and domestic tourists increased.

In the first quarter, 41% of the clients of accommodation establishments were domestic tourists. 212,000 domestic tourists used the services of accommodation establishments, which was 6% more than in the first quarter of the previous year; 28% of domestic tourists stayed in accommodation establishments in Harju county, 15% in Pärnu county, 11% – in Tartu county and 9% – in Ida-Viru county. More than a half of the domestic tourists were on holiday and almost a third were on business trips. In March 2013, 841 accommodation establishments offered services for tourists. 193,000 domestic and foreign tourists stayed in the accommodation establishments or 6% more than in March of the previous year. In January-March 2013, 18,000 rooms and 39,000 beds were available for tourists. The room occupancy rate was 38% and the bed occupancy rate – 31%. The average cost of a guest night was 30 euros and it stayed on the level of March of the previous year.


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